Shiva The Destructor – Live at Robust Evening, Kharkiv – May 29, 2021 –
Continuing the exploration of Ukraine’s music scene tonight. Shiva The Destructor are a prog/psych band from Kyiv and were mentioned by other bands as one of the up-and-comers to listen to. Formed in 2012, Shiva the Destructor cite a number of prog bands of the 70s as inspirations, and it shows. But rather than direct-copy, the influences are a stepping off point and they infuse it all with their distinctly East-European vibe.
Their latest album. Find The Others (which I think is their debut) came out in March of 2021, right smack in the middle of the COVID pandemic which hasn’t been as much a deterrent as you’d imagine. This performance is from a series of shows called Robust Evening in Kharkiv, and by the looks of it, some social distancing was present.
Of course, the irony is coming out of a pandemic and straight into a Russian invasion – talk about not cutting a break. Their Facebook page shows photos of a bombed out neighborhood and a missile attack somewhere. They have also posted this message from February:
Shiva the Destructor:·
To everyone who has been thinking or asking about us — we are safe at the moment. Thank you. Now, we need you to take action to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces save Ukraine. PLEASE DONATE: https://uahelp.monobank.ua/. If you cannot donate, but are looking for any other ways to help, please let us know. We will think of something.
Most every musician in Ukraine has put music on the back-burner for the moment; stepping up instead to what is needed right now to preserve their country. Music is still the glue holding everything together, but life or death situations are taking precedent at the moment.
Hit the play button and help out. More tomorrow.
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